Saving the pomp and theatrics for his ritzy eponymous joint, Michelin-starred restaurateur Ollie Dabbous has taken a bit of a u-turn with his latest venture. Though there’s a strict no bookings policy, Barnyard is pleasingly affordable and has been firmly tapped with the warehouse-cool New York stick. A canvas of distressed timber and iron is brightened by crimson bar stools and hints of greenery, crafting a casual air that puts it on the map as a go-to snacking spot whatever the time of day.
Roast beef on toast, broken eggs with mushroom, garlic and parsley, apple crumble with clotted cream. You guessed it, the theme here is comfort food and each dish we tried was executed with panache. If puddings aren’t your bag, the hard shakes – which come in banana, blueberry pancake and malt flavours to name but a few – round off the home-style cooking just nicely.
Top table: Get as close to the kitchen as you can. Your nose will thank you for it.
Dress code: From smart to casual you need not worry. Either way, you’ll fit right in to the diverse throng of flavour fanatics.
18 Charlotte Street
020 7580 3842